Thanks to innovative new technologies, whole genome sequencing is rapidly becoming a practical and affordable option for medical practice, with many different applications. However, clinical implementation in the NHS poses many barriers. What are the prospects for genome sequencing to improve our health, and how can we make it happen?
This free seminar combines a broad overview of these exciting technologies, their potentially disruptive impact on health services, drivers and barriers for effective clinical translation, and proposed solutions.
There will be perspectives from two expert speakers and an opportunity for questions and group discussion, to be followed by a networking drinks reception.
The first speaker will be Dr Anna Pokorska-Bocci, Programme Lead at the PHG Foundation, an independent health and genomics think-tank that recently released an influential report on policy changes needed to realise the potential of sequencing technologies for health in the UK. Dr Pokorska-Bocci will speak on the impact of whole genome sequencing on the NHS and population health. The second speaker will be Dr Mark Ross, Associate Director for Scientific Research at Illumina Inc. Dr Ross will speak on whole-genome sequencing in the clinic. Illumina's vision is to be the leading provider of integrated solutions that advance the understanding of genetics and health. Their purpose is to improve human health by enabling their customers to accelerate the collection, analysis, and application of biological information.
Who should attend?
This event will be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered when genomics will be of direct health benefit to the general public, those with an interest in scientific innovation and clinical translation, and the wider scientific, medical, commercial, policy and social science communities.
The seminar and refreshments are free, but advance registration is required to secure a place. Please arrive to register from 1630 onwards at Hughes Hall, as the seminar will start at 1700. You should note that there is no parking at Hughes Hall.
In 2012, the PHG Foundation will be celebrating its fifteen anniversary with a series of Cambridge events based around their mission of making science work for health. Leading up to a major conference on translating genomics to be held on 4th December 2012, is a special programme of free seminars examining different issues around the clinical translation of emerging technologies.
8 March 2012 Using Genomic Technologies for Reproductive Care in Developing Countries
31 May 2012 Epigenetics
5 July 2012 Mainstreaming genomics in the NHS
The PHG Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Cambridge, UK, with the mission making science work for health. We identify the best opportunities for 21st century genomic and biomedical science to improve health and tackle disease in ways that are rapid and effective, equitable and responsible.
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